This term in F3, we changed our topic to meet the needs and interests of the children in both our classes. All of them are very keen to go shopping and have started to name and notice the places around them. Part of growing up involves learning about signs and logos all around them and it is one of the first steps, when encouraging their mark-making and writing skills.
As part of this topic, the children have been learning about what is around them. They are naming the shops or places around the school building and near where they live. Of course, some places they like more than others such as the toy shops and they quickly recognise these logos. We have also tried to look at some unfamiliar places with the children, like a shoe or cosmetics shop. This has meant that the children have had to learn a lot of new vocabulary that they may not have been exposed to before. It is so important that we provide opportunities for children to experience these types of places as they will see them every day when they leave school.
As part of ‘Shops and Shopping’ the children have been learning about how to buy and sell using money, writing shopping lists, price labels and signs, as well as the role of a shopkeeper and customer. Lots of creative opportunities have been provided through this role-play and it has really helped develop and extend their English communication and language.
I am sure when the children come home they will be buzzing with excitement and extremely keen to help you write shopping lists. They may even ask to go to the shops with you. Please don’t forget as parents that shopping can be a fantastic learning experience. Why don’t you try writing a list and ask your child to help find the items, while walking around the shops together. You could even let them pay the shopkeeper at the end.
Have a wonderful weekend together.
Miss Julie Walton
Head of Early Years